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Even though Nich Worby had been talking about releasing his debut since last August, I'd nearly given up hope on ever hearing the album. After all, every time I inquired about it, I'd get promises that it was almost done, but, seven months later, I was no longer holding my breath. Oh, How?, however, is proof that Worby has talent worth waiting for.

It's also not at all what I was expecting. After seeing him live, I figured his eventual album would basically be quiet and folky. Oh, How? is certainly folky, but in an expansive, joyful, Sufjan-esque kind of way. "All Blind Mice", for example, is basically a big group shoutalong, while even "We Who Were Born With An Onion Ring In Hand" -- one of the album's quieter songs -- is enhanced by the presence of little background noises (courtesy of members of Ohbijou). All in all, Oh, How? is not only a great debut from a promising artist, but probably one of the better albums you'll hear all year.

http://www.iheartmusic.net/serendipity/index.php?/archives/690-Worth-the-wait.html - iheartmusic.net


Discography

Oh, How? EP (2007, Ford Plant Recording Co.)

Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town (2004, Independent)

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it all started as a means of maintaining a musical dialogue with friends home in brantford. the super secret song of the week club was, as the name suggests, a weekly exercise of pop songcraft. all songs were under two and a half minutes long; all songs were recorded at home on cassette tapes. these songs were disclosed secretly on the internet each week to a growing mailing list. Eventually a selection of these songs were collected as 2004's "Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town."

2007's "Oh, How?" was released under the Ford Plant Recording Co. (the label of Brantford, Ontario's better known cultural resuscitation device and all-ages music venue, The Ford Plant).

"Oh, How?" enlists the help of Brantford ex-pats Ohbijou. The bones of 2004's "Anyone Lived..." are given a meaty, soft frame provided by the strings and voices of the accompanying "Oh, How?" band.